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Pirate attacks multiply in the Gulf of Guinea

London - Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest annual piracy report reveals

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China’s foreign trade jumps 16%

Beijing - China’s foreign trade jumped year-on-year to €3.4 trillion in the first 10 months of 2018. Imports surged 20.3 percent while exports grew by 12.6 percent

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ABB tests fuel cells for ship propulsion

Oslo - ABB Marine, part of the Swedish-Swiss robotics, automation and electrical group, and Norway’s research firm Sintef Ocean have undertaken groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for ship propulsion

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La Spezia promotes itself: “We are the gateway to North Africa”

La Spezia - The Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea participated in two days of conferences and workshops on the theme of the Silk Road and investment opportunities between Italy, Arab countries, and China, which was organized by the Arab Academy for Science of Alexandria, Egypt

ports

AEN, Ilva and a turbine. Genoa will not break / GALLERY

Genova - Say hello to the AE94.3A. The electricity it will generate will brighten the homes of 200,000 Tunisian families. On reaching Mornaguia, Tunisia, please inform the Societe Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz that it wasn’t easy to assemble this in good time after the Morandi Bridge of Genoa collapsed

finance and politics

US, France, Italy, UK condemn violence in Libyan capital Tripoli

Paris - The United States, France, Italy and Britain on Saturday condemned what they called an escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli, warning that armed groups which undermined Libyan stability would be made accountable.

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Libya: Tripoli Port resumes operations after a 6-year hiatus

CAIRO – The first ship to arrive at the Libyan port since 2012 bore an Italian name; and with it the resumption of Tripoli Port’s sea traffic. The news appeared in the online media source The Libya Observer. The docking of the Grande Sicilia, which sailed from Belgium with 1,457 vehicles on board, took place on Wednesday

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Migrants’ return to Libya by Italian boat could breach international law -UN

Rome - A rescue operation in which an Italian towboat rescued more than 100 migrants and returned them to Libya earlier this week may have been in breach of international law, the United Nations said on Tuesday: an Italian towboat rescued 108 migrants from international waters on Monday and took them to Libya

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Three kidnapped Turkish engineers released in Libya

Tripoli - Three Turkish engineers kidnapped last year in the southern Libyan town of Ubari have been released, the U.N.-backed Libyan government said. In November, an unknown armed group kidnapped four engineers, three from Turkey and one from South Africa

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Ansaldo Energia signs contracts worth €240 million in Tunisia

Genoa - Ansaldo Energia has signed contracts in Tunisia for the construction of an electricity power plant and related services for a total of €240 million. The contract, signed with the Société Tunisienne de l’Élecriticité et du Gaz (STEG), relates to the construction of an open-cycle gas-fired power plant

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Libya examines Total-Marathon purchase, casting doubt on deal

Tunis/London - Libya is considering whether to intervene in a $450 million deal that French major Total announced last month to buy Marathon Oil’s stake in the country’s Waha concessions, several sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.